Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.
Amici del Farfa
Circle Captain: Edward Mueller
Circle Location: Montopoli di Sabina, Other (Italy)
Cutting the cane under the electricity pylon route opened up a vista into upland forest and meadow and was reponsible for sightings of buzzard, Wood-Pigeon, and Blue Tit. The fishing ground meadow had been ploughed up but one horse was still present...
Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society
Circle Captain: Norma Friedrich
Circle Location: Los Fresnos, Texas (United States)
Bird of the Day - Peregrine Falcon that circled low right over us as if to see what the heck all those people were doing on that little dock.
Backside Boise Birders
Circle Captain: Robert Mortensen
Circle Location: Boise, Idaho (United States)
Fun to see the comings and goings of the various species throughout the day. This is a public location and gave us lots of time to do some birding public relations. We had nine hot air balloons over us at one point...
Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds
Circle Captain: Matt Truesdale
Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)
Bill & Claudia in Cerro Azul
Circle Captain: William Ahrens
Circle Location: Los Altos del Cerro, Other (Panama)
temperature was cooler than normal and maybe that's why we missed several birds we see most every day. Ah well! We did see one nice kettle of mixed raptors during one of the sunny moments. Nice addition to our list.
Circle Captain: Joseph Devereaux
Circle Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States)
I was completely impressed at the number of neighborhood American robins. There were also man, many Eastern bluebirds. For some unexplained reason; the two seemed to get on each other's nerves. Squawking and fussing each time they got together.
Birds By Day Bats By Night
Circle Captain: Selena And Mark Kiser
Circle Location: Monticello, Florida (United States)
Fewer migrants were present compared to 2013. Bird activity was also less than in 2013.
Circle Captain: Steve Garr
Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)
Circle Captain: Chuck Mcclaugherty
Circle Location: Minerva, Ohio (United States)
Great weather! Most bird species observed before 11am.
C-City Sitting Ducks
Circle Captain: Kyle O'haver
Circle Location: Colorado City, Texas (United States)
Circle Captain: Turk Duddy
Circle Location: Kennebunkport, Maine (United States)
Caroline Blue Birds
Circle Captain: Debby Bennett
Circle Location: Ridgely, Maryland (United States)
Thankfully we picked a gazebo near the lake at Tuckahoe State Park, which gave us cover when it rained. The park manager allowed us to enter early and stay late. Despite the dismal weather, we were pleased to see and hear as many birds as we did...
Circle Captain: Frank Apsey
Circle Location: Harrisville, Michigan (United States)
Not many birds, but I did count 15 monarch butterflies!
Circle Captain: Tracie Roseberry
Circle Location: LumberBridge, North Carolina (United States)
My first Annual Big Sit, plan to participate annually from here on out. Next year tent will be set up for inclement weather & I will complete 24 hours rain or shine. Great time all in all - chili, bud light, and fellowship!
Celery Fields Forever
Circle Captain: Stu Wilson
Circle Location: Sarasota, Florida (United States)
Best birds were Least Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Roseate Spoonbill (expected, but always a crowd pleaser), Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Gallinule (expected, but always a crowd pleaser), White-winged Dove, Common Nighthawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Eastern Meadowlark.
Chambers Lake Early Birders
Circle Captain: Larry Lewis
Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)
Without a doubt, our most exciting sighting during the Sit was the sighting by Rick of a LeConte's Sparrow away from the circle as he went to check the far cove out. This bird hoped up into a shrub and remained long enough for several of us to get looks (an unusual event with a LeConte's)...
Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim
Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)
COAN San Blas
Circle Captain: Mark Stackhouse
Circle Location: San Blas, Other (Mexico)
For our third year doing a Big Sit, a small, but plucky band of COAN (Club de Observadores de Aves de Nayarit â€“ Nayarit Bird Watchers Club) birders from San Blas and Tepic gathered at our now-traditional sitting spot at the statue of Jose Maria Mercado, local hero of the Mexican War of Independence, on the hill of La Contaduria (customs house) overlooking San Blas, and, more importantly, a good sweep of the surrounding countryside...
Circle Captain: John Grego
Circle Location: Fort Motte, South Carolina (United States)
Circle Captain: Mindy Waldron
Circle Location: Jumping Branch, West Virginia (United States)
We had intermittent rain showers for most of the day. The winds picked up after noon. The waterfowl species haven't shown up yet. There were several species we anticipated getting, but were absent. There is a vulture roost in the vicinity and both black and turkey vultures were very numerous...
Dead Wood Birders
Circle Captain: Joe Sebastiani
Circle Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania (United States)
We killed the sparrows! Other goodies included Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Orange-crowned and Nashville Warbler, Merlin and 2 Peregrine Falcons. Not bad despite a wet start.
Deer Flat Sitters
Circle Captain: Cheryl Huizinga
Circle Location: Nampa, Idaho (United States)
Cheryl, Jimmie and Dave started the morning off with owl calls but got no answers back. The first species on the list were ones we could hear in the dark â€“ Western Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, etc...
Circle Captain: Joey Kellner
Circle Location: Littleton, Colorado (United States)
New species added this year (year 12)...Lincoln's Sparrow. Brings the total seen in 12 years of hold The Big Sit! at this location to 123!
Circle Captain: Helen Wright-north
Circle Location: Dayton, Ohio (United States)
Midnight Friday arrives during a gentle rain. No birds. Lawrene and Helen monitor the situation from the loft throughout the night. Bird silence is maintained until dawn, when Helen's initial reconnaissance uncovers a cardinal, winter wren, Carolina wren, grackle, and American robin...
Eagle Eyes Squaw Creek NWR
Circle Captain: Brent Galliart
Circle Location: Mound City, Missouri (United States)
The Sora were calling for most of the time we were there. Several of the birds came out of the near by vegetation so we were able to see them. The most numerous of a species were the hundreds of American Coots which kept us company throughout the day...
East Aurora Bird Club
Circle Captain: Mary Steuer
Circle Location: Grand Island, New York (United States)
Ring billed gulls, starlings and house finches were most abundant.
Circle Captain: Carol Kuniholm
Circle Location: Exton, Pennsylvania (United States)
The heavy rain made visibility difficult in the earliest part of the sit, but when the rain lifted, there were more raptors than normally seen at that location, suggesting the heavy weather brought them lower and more visible...
Circle Captain: Turk Duddy
Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)
GMAS ACE BIRDERS
Circle Captain: Gary Cowell Jr.
Circle Location: Mifflin, Ohio (United States)
Goosebump Gulch birds
Circle Captain: Joyce Holt
Circle Location: Salem, Virginia (United States)
I have not yet put out seed - I did put out "miracle meal" concoction but nothing came to it. Cardinal (M&F) 2; Carolina Wren 3; Blue Jay 2; Car. Chickadee 3; Titmouse 4; WB Nuthatch 1
Circle Captain: Richard Chyinski
Circle Location: East Lyme, Connecticut (United States)
Circle Captain: Aidan Place
Circle Location: Avella, Pennsylvania (United States)
One highlight was definitely seeing white-crowned, Lincoln's, song, and swamp sparrows in a single shrub at the same time. The number of pheasants around was a surprise (though they have probably been recently stocked)...
Circle Captain: Paul Fank
Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)
With the strong winds out of the South, the bird activity was down and birding by ear was very limited. The day started off slow for bird species and continued to be slow with the strong wind from the south...
Circle Captain: Corey Husic
Circle Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States)
Palm Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were new campus birds for both observers.
Circle Captain: Chuck Young
Circle Location: Galesburg, Illinois (United States)
Was great to pick up the Great Horned Owl early morning. Fun to see the Ring-billed gull and Great egret. Welcomed back the Brown Creeper! Rain broke up the afternoon, but able to return for evening watch...
Heinz Refuge NWR
Circle Captain: Debbie Beer
Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)
Total species: 88 Cumulative 5-year Big Sit list at Heinz Refuge: 113 Deb Beer, Adrian Binns and Todd Fellenbaum led the 2014 BIG SIT at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 12, the fifth one since 2007...
HRDABRD at Middle Creek
Circle Captain: Bruce A Carl
Circle Location: Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania (United States)
A TOTAL OF (73) SPECIES FOR THE FIRST YEAR WILL BE HARD TO TOP. Some species highlights for the day included: Snow Goose, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Merlin chasing a Tree Swallow, Eastern Screech Owl (2 heard calling before dawn), House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Common Raven (2 seen with a kettle of Black Vultures), Swainson's Thrush (2 birds heard calling while migrating before dawn), Orange-Crowned Warbler (seen through a scope at about 30 yards), Palm Warbler (2 close "western form" of this species) and Pine Siskin.
Circle Captain: Chad Kauffman
Circle Location: Mifflintown, Pennsylvania (United States)
wish the thermals would have started earlier in the day.
Keen Eye Birders
Circle Captain: Toby Burke
Circle Location: Kenai NWR, Alaska (United States)
On Saturday the fifth annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge BIG SIT, co-hosted by the refuge and the Keen Eye Birders, lasted from 8:00AM to 5:30PM at the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch Campground. Four adults and 6 children scanned lake, forest, and sky for birds...
Circle Captain: Walter Ellison
Circle Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)
This is our third location we have done Big Sits on Eastern Neck Island. This is by far the best for detecting small landbirds and not quite as good for waterfowl and perhaps raptors. We added six species to our cumulative 13 year Big Sit list, all landbirds...
Laredo MM Audubon
Circle Captain: Daniel Perales
Circle Location: Laredo, Texas (United States)
Nothing unusual. We were a quarter of a mile from the Rio Grande River.
Little Orange Team
Circle Captain: Kelly Buehler
Circle Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Started at 7:30 am (5 degrees C) and saw at least half of our birds in the first couple of hours. This weekend we welcomed back juncos, rb and wb nuthatches, and brown creeper. Eastern phoebe and blue-headed vireo were nice surprises...
Lk Pine Gray Gooses
Circle Captain: Maggie Thomas
Circle Location: Medford, New Jersey (United States)
Wow - scaup was a big surprise
Lower Columbia Birders
Circle Captain: Mike Patterson
Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)
The ocean was particularly angry which, coupled with intermittent fog made for poor ocean viewing conditions. On the plus side, Steve had put up bird feeders earlier in the week which made the sparrow hunting easier.
Circle Captain: Stacy Iwanicki
Circle Location: Ringwood, Illinois (United States)
This was a perfect opportunity to promote the new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Representatives from our agencies & organizations we able to introduce non-birders and novices to the fun sport of birding...
Circle Captain: David Lovett
Circle Location: huntersville, North Carolina (United States)
Circle Captain: Tom Heatley
Circle Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)
We tied our previous high of 69 species. From our inaugural circle in 1996 to the present year, we have now seen 142 species. Also observed were cabbage and monarch butterflies, a meadowhawk dragonfly, muskrat, garter snake and a baby snapping turtle.
Middle River Merlins
Circle Captain: Russ Titus
Circle Location: Wilton Manors, Florida (United States)
A typical warm day with no fronts or fallouts. Most individual birds had been present at location for several days. The few hawks we had were mostly headed North high, which is a common event here in s...
MoonFarm Nature Group
Circle Captain: Marta Coleman
Circle Location: Fulton, Kentucky (United States)
My father passed from this life Sept 30 and we have been attempting to continue daily activities while grieving. We realized Friday morning that the actual Big Sit weekend was Oct 10-11 but we decided to conduct our own Saturday Oct 18...
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Circle Captain: Julie West
Circle Location: Cleveland, Ohio (United States)
Added Northern Harrier to our cumulative list (2005-2014) which now stands at 85 species
Circle Captain: Norwood Frederick
Circle Location: Ralston, Pennsylvania (United States)
FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Watched a small flock of Cedar Waxwings eating Poke Berries.
Ocean State Bird Club
Circle Captain: Dan Berard
Circle Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island (United States)
We had an excellent morning flight and an almost constant stream of accipiters! There was also a fairly consistent flight of Monarchs and other butterflies such as Clouded and Orange Sulphurs and Red Admirals...
P.E.A.R. Park Volunteers
Circle Captain: Gallus Quigley
Circle Location: Leesburg, Florida (United States)
First Red-headed Woodpecker for park and 2nd Mississippi Kite
Circle Captain: Katrina Fenton
Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)
Not much activity until the weather improved later in the day. Moral was high with an enthusiastic team, and an "average" day list for the site was compiled, despite the less than stellar conditions.
Patuxent Migratory Robbins
Circle Captain: Chandler S. Robbins
Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)
This was our fourth year holding a BIG SIT here at the Patuxent Research Refuge, Central Tract, at the Knowles 1 marsh spillway with our team captain, Chandler S. Robbins. Â Now retired and 96 years young, Chan was a wildlife biologist at Patuxent for 60 years, wrote the Golden Field Guide to the Birds of North America and is the inventor of Breeding Bird Survey Routes...
Patuxent North Trackers
Circle Captain: Andrea Robbins
Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)
We had planned to try a Big Sit at Fort Smallwood, but the weather for Saturday was too miserable so we did our first ever sit in the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract at the Merganser Pond Wildlife viewing location instead...
Pea Island NWR
Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis
Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)
Pishing in the Wind
Circle Captain: Jim Royer
Circle Location: Los Osos, California (United States)
We were greeted by calling shorebirds moving with the incoming tide, as we arrived at the wooden count site overlook at 6am. The three part call of Greater Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers' slurred two note whistles, Long-billed Curlews saying there name loudly, and dowitchers "keek keek" and "too-too" calls completed the long and the short of the pre-dawn chorus below us...
Circle Captain: Jim Flanagan
Circle Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (United States)
Slight overnight rain brought in a variety of waterfowl in the morning. Morning group identified vast majority of birds, afternoon group confirmed may of the species. Location was good -- right before walkway new marsh -- view of field and marshland...
Circle Captain: Diane Lafferty
Circle Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)
Surprise sighting of Yellow-throated Vireo and hearing the call of an Eastern Screech-Owl. Happy to see Bald Eagles remaining in the area (at least one pair).
QVAS Bird Buddies
Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn
Circle Location: Meriden, Connecticut (United States)
Rimersburg my house
Circle Captain: Mark Moore
Circle Location: Rimersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Tom Dilts
Circle Location: midlothian, Virginia (United States)
since it rained on and off and a red shouldered hawk hung around, the birds were not as visible and audible as usual.
Circle Captain: Devin Moon
Circle Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas (United States)
Regular residents were present; sans Chickadee. A few migrating summer residents were seen including Chimney Swifts and a large group (20+) of Tree Swallows. A Black-throated Green Warbler was seen migrating through...
Circle Captain: Renee Davis
Circle Location: Wurtsboro, New York (United States)
Foggy---late start! Luckily the sun came out and things got better. We also counted 17 Monarchs migrating south along with 766 Canadian Geese.
Circle Captain: Hugh Kingery
Circle Location: Franktown, Colorado (United States)
We had to conduct our Sit! a week early, on Oct. 5, because of personal conflicts on the 11-12th. We recorded a typical number, although three new ones may possibly have resulted from the earlier date: Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Say's Phoebe, and Western Meadowlark -- or possibly not because of the earlier date but maybe because of benign fall weather...
Circle Captain: Mick Zerr
Circle Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (United States)
Circle Captain: Doug Wentzel
Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)
Flocks of Wood Duck returning to the lake at dusk (45 birds in a number of small flocks). Screech owl whinnying at 12:15 am to start the count.
Sit in the City
Circle Captain: Corey Finger
Circle Location: Queens, New York (United States)
Circle Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Circle Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)
Didn't see anything much unexpected. Weather gave us a break so we could see out on the Puget Sound to pick up some water birds. We had a nice look at a Peregrine Falcon cruising the bluff. The were two juvenile Cooper's Hawks hanging around all day making some of the birds a little jumpy...
St. Marks Spotters / St. Marks NWR
Circle Captain: Robin Will
Circle Location: St. Marks, Florida (United States)
highlights were 132 White Ibis, 54 Black-bellied Plover, and 1 juvenile Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Station 43 Big Sit
Circle Captain: Jay Kaplan
Circle Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)
2014 HAS Station 43 Big Sit Report The platform at Station 43 was just a bit chilly on October, as we arrived for the 2014 edition of The Big Sit at 6 AM. The temperature was a balmy 38 degrees, but three calling great horned owls made up for the coldâ€¦...
Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Circle Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)
Since I bird the Big Sit Circle about every day, it was interesting to see what disappeared the night before with the passing of our first big cold front of the year. Some birds were definitely gone with the wind...
Circle Captain: Nancy Felicito
Circle Location: Great Swamp NWR, New Jersey (United States)
Great weather for owls to serenade us.Beautiful fall colors in the mist at sunrise as snipe, woodcock and bittern took short flights. The clear blue sky made it difficult to pick up on high flying migrating species...
Circle Captain: David Mcnaughton
Circle Location: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (United States)
Started with 2 American Woodcock buzzing the airfield, male purple finch singing early, ruby-crowned kinglet singing, Lincoln's sparrow, palm warbler, peregrine falcon, American kestrel, red-breasted nuthatch, juvenile bald eagle, common ravens, double-crested cormorants, and the usual thousands of robins and thousands of grackles.
Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga
Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)
20 species between 7:05am and 10:05am. Three species between 5:25pm and 5:45pm. Last species at 9:20pm.
Circle Captain: Laurie Foss
Circle Location: Bertram, Texas (United States)
We had a mixed feeding flock of small passerines that passed by our locations several times during the day to keep us occupied. We expected to see some migrating hawks but only saw a single one here and there...
Circle Captain: Josh Kiner
Circle Location: College Park, Maryland (United States)
Can't forget to mention the resident beaver, squirrels white-tail deer spotted throughout the day.
The Dawes Arboretum
Circle Captain: Kristofer Davis
Circle Location: Newark, Ohio (United States)
The Dean Clan
Circle Captain: Patricia Dean
Circle Location: Prospect, Ohio (United States)
The birds were active this morning. For several days, only a few birds were in the yard and at the feeders. When we started at 7:00 AM, the temperature was 34 degrees. It warmed up fairly quick.
The Glam Birders
Circle Captain: Graham Powell
Circle Location: Bridgend, Wales, Other (United Kingdom)
Big Sit as part of the Big Birding Day celebrating Birding in Glamorgan. Thoroughly enjoyable and will be done again next year.
The Kickapoo Valley Birding Club
Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen
Circle Location: La Farge, Wisconsin (United States)
Circle Captain: Carolyn Fischer
Circle Location: Clear Lake, Iowa (United States)
Missed many of the local birds. Very little for duck migration.
The Riverbend Redstarts
Circle Captain: Dwayne Martin
Circle Location: Conover, North Carolina (United States)
Not great weather. Low clouds and rain kept our total down.
Trinity River Refuge
Circle Captain: Stuart Marcus
Circle Location: Dayton, Texas (United States)
Nice adult and juvenile bald eagle seen and was able to point out while some visitors were in area.
Circle Captain: Eric Huish
Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)
This year's Provo Airport Dike Big Sit was covered continuously from 6:09 am to 6:20 pm. (12 Hours 11 Minutes). We sat at the Southwest Corner of the dike loop. The weather was nice and we had several birders out helping us count but for some reason this year we only saw 45 species, one of our lowest counts in the 13 years we've done the big sit...
Circle Captain: Kathleen Van Orsdel
Circle Location: Talbott, Tennessee (United States)
The heavy rains kept most of the observers away, we did have cover, but you can't look for birds when under cover. Did NOT see some birds I truly expected - sparrows, blue birds, starlings, robins.
Waccamaw Audubon Soc
Circle Captain: Richard Moore
Circle Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (United States)
water level in pond was high, so no shore and no shore birds, wind probably also kept many birds away from open area. Otherwise lots of waders: herons, egrets, ibis and wood stork. Good views of solitary roseate spoonbill.
Circle Captain: Grant Stevenson
Circle Location: fountain hill, Pennsylvania (United States)
Common Raven House Sparrow American Goldfinch American Crow Black-capped Chickadee Blue Jay European Starling
Wasatch Audubon Mountain Chickadees
Circle Captain: Katie Mcvey
Circle Location: West Bountiful, Utah (United States)
We had some great birds including Say's phoebe, both bald and golden eagle and American pipits. However, we had some big misses including American avocet, American coot and house sparrow.
Circle Captain: Don Chalfant
Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)
Our 17th consecutive year of Sitting produced our highest total ever:: 61. The group's highlight was a gorgeous wedge formation of 102 Double-crested Cormorants, a new county record high for DCCO's. The leader's highlight was the participation of twenty birders, about half of whom were college age or younger...
Circle Captain: John Yochum
Circle Location: Weslaco, Texas (United States)
Very quiet beginning predawn with little to no wind, picking up Common Pauraque, Great-Horned Owl and Eastern Screech Owl. As daylight came, lake birds and fly-bys began. Lunch was about noon with pork riblets, Mac-and-cheese, bean soup and lots of "hot" finger foods served by Peggy Hutchens...
Wheeler NWR Sitting Ducks
Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley
Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)
Approximately 500 visitors as part of Wheeler NWR Open House celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week.
Wheeler NWR Wingers
Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley
Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)
No nocturnal migration. Straight line winds associated thunderstorms uprooted trees in the area.
Circle Captain: Alyce Quinn
Circle Location: Wirtz, Virginia (United States)
Wow, what a slow day. Rainy and icky. Outside the circle, we saw sapsuckers, yellow-billed cuckoo, wood-pewee, black and white warbler and black-throated green warbler, so the trails were pretty good.
Circle Captain: Liz Kirchner
Circle Location: Fresh Meadows, New York (United States)
FYI--Oct. 2014 has the least amount of species than ever before. Birds usually seen by this time haven't arrived as yet, but we hope they do. We know it is attributed to weather, food supply, etc.
Circle Captain: Steve Davria
Circle Location: Gastonia, North Carolina (United States)
Relaxing morning with the family on the back porch. Not the most ideal setting for the Big Sit but worked for the first time.